Art

Our Intent

Art and Design at Crookesbroom Primary Academy engages, inspires and challenges pupils equipping them with the knowledge and skills to imitate, innovate and invent their own works of art.

Opportunities are provided to express their own point of view through studying great artists and designers in history and comparing to contemporary modern-day works of art. Children develop their knowledge and thought processes through their sketch books. We put value on the children’s creativity; therefore have introduced sketch books from year one.

The art and design curriculum reflects the needs of our pupils and broadens and deepens their vocabulary; develops greater oracy skills and helps them to self-regulate their emotions; therefore improving their mental health.

In order for children to master their art and design skills, we have placed a greater emphasis on the medias of drawing and painting throughout school. By giving each class a range of focus artists, children develop a deeper understanding of the different techniques used to depict and represent ideas. Children reflect and evaluate artworks and use this to inspire their own works of art.

In Nursery, the children’s love and exploration of art begins. Daily provision of different, and combined media, allows the children to develop the process of producing a meaningful piece of art that is valued and personal. They investigate and experience what happens if changes are made to their media i.e. mixing colours, adding texture, application processes, different sizes and types of paper.

In Reception, children investigate colour through mixing different types of paint and use this to represent their ideas and feelings. Children begin to use a range of techniques and tools in order to explore patterns and textures. Children in EYFS are encouraged to create artwork through everyday provision activities, in addition to focussed art lessons. During our art lessons, children are split into key groups where they learn to analyse, reflect and evaluate the works of famous artists. Children then transfer this understanding into creations of their own.

In Key Stage 1, children explore line, colour and shape. They experiment with pattern and texture through paint and drawing. It is the aim that Key Stage 1 pupils master printing as their additional media, creating a greater understanding of the different styles, techniques and artists.

In Key Stage 2, children explore the additional elements of form and space and extend their knowledge of line, colour, shape, pattern and texture within their own painting and drawing. It is the aim that Lower Key Stage 2 pupils master collage and textiles as their additional media, creating a greater understanding of the different styles, techniques and artists. In Upper Key Stage 2, children master sculpture as their additional media, creating a greater understanding of the different styles, techniques and artists.

It is our intent, through enrichment activities and Arts Award, our children have the opportunities to explore other additional mixed media which are not covered in our art and design sequences of learning.

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